1. SoundCloud Has Reached Critical Mass – Now It Has to Make Money

    October 24, 2014 5:00 PM EDT The world’s biggest audio-streaming service is coping with the biggest growing pain of all: how to make a buck. Like many digital start-ups, SoundCloud -- the world’s largest audio-streaming service -- built a seamless user experience before figuring out how to make money with it. Now the…

  2. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Sam Smith's 'I'm Not the Only One' Soars Into Top 20

    October 24, 2014 4:51 PM EDT Smith flies 25-20 with his new ballad. Plus, moves for Sam Hunt, Katy Perry, Colbie Caillat and Nico & Vinz. As previously reported , Meghan Trainor ties two Michael Jackson classics, "Billie Jean" and "Black or White," for the longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 No.…

  3. Peter Breeden New CFO at Warner Music UK, Replacing Simon Robson

    October 24, 2014 1:09 PM EDT Longtime Warner Music UK exec Peter Breeden has been promoted to chief financial officer, effective immediately. Breeden is taking over the position from Simon Robson , who is leaving to take the role of president, Warner Music Asia Pacific. Breeden, who joined Warner Music in 2001 and rose…

  4. Beatport Scoops Up Social Sharing App Listn

    October 23, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Social music app Listn will shut down at the end of the month and be absorbed by SFX Entertainment's Beatport, the startup's founder and CEO announced this week. Details of the deal were not disclosed. "When we first started Listn we set out to change and improve the way the…

  5. Burger Records Launches Publishing Company With Mothership Music

    October 22, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Garage-punk/psych-rock/skuzz-funk label Burger Records has launched a publishing company with Mothership Music, which will administer and provide all backroom services for Burger Music Publishing. "When we started in the music business, we knew absolutely nothing about ownership,…

  6. Jimmy Iovine Talks Birth of Beats, 'Cool' Steve Jobs and Music's 'Sterile' Distribution Systems at Revolt Conference

    October 22, 2014 2:07 PM EDT Jimmy Iovine used his acceptance speech for a special award at Sean Combs ' inaugural Revolt Music Conference this week to talk about Beats, Apple and the changing landscape of the music business, or as he prefers, the business of music. Iovine, the former chairman of Interscope and co…

  7. Chief Keef Confirms Being Dropped From Interscope Records on Twitter

    October 22, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Chief Keef took to Twitter on Tuesday, Oct. 21, to confirm that he's been dropped from Interscope Records. "I been dropped for a week now," he said in a text conversation, which he posted on Twitter. Bro ass is LuckilySlow pic.twitter.com/7g8C1NwLrn — AlmightySo (@ChiefKeef)…

  8. SBS Names Eric Garcia Radio Revenue Chief, GM of New York Market

    October 21, 2014 8:18 PM EDT The longtime SBS executive will oversee local and national radio divisions. Eric Garcia has been named radio revenue chief of SBS' radio division, according to a spokesperson. Garcia will manage local and national radio divisions along with event sponsorships, among other duties that…

  9. The Case for Inducting The Oak Ridge Boys Into the Country Music Hall of Fame

    October 21, 2014 6:24 PM EDT Three months ago, we gave you our thoughts on why Don Rich should be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015 in the musicians' category. This month, we take a look at what is known as the Modern Era category. Open to acts that have been involved in the business for between…

  10. Executive Turntable: New Faces, Promotions at Beggars, Republic Records, Capitol & More

    October 21, 2014 1:11 PM EDT -- The Beggars Group announced the following expansion and promotions within the radio department: Risa Matsuki was promoted to VP, Promotions; Brien Terranova joined as Sr. Director, Promotions; and Hector Montes rose to National Director, Promotions.  -- Republic Records announced the…

  11. Google Play Music Now Integrates Songza

    October 21, 2014 12:01 PM EDT Users of the Google Play All Access subscription service will see a new feature on Tuesday. Activity-based radio stations are the first signs of Google Play's integration of Songza, the Internet radio service Google acquired in July . The activity-based station recommendations became…

  12. Op-Ed: BitTorrent's Matt Mason Makes a Case for Art In the Digital Age

    October 21, 2014 11:45 AM EDT On September 22, Thom Yorke published an image of a vinyl record. The earth was thrown off its axis , as Consequence of Sound reported. And it was again, four days later, when the record was released as a BitTorrent Bundle . That isn’t hyperbole, but instead, obvious and insignificant.…

  13. Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross to Speak at Billboard & Hollywood Reporter Conference

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  14. Fighting for the Greek: Behind Nederlander/AEG and Live Nation’s War for the Iconic L.A. Theater

    October 21, 2014 10:30 AM EDT A modern day Trojan War is underway in Los Angeles as the world's largest promoters, Live Nation and AEG Live in partnership with the Nederlander Organization, battle for possession of a trophy itself inspired by antiquity: the city's iconic Greek Theatre. At stake is a…

  15. Exclusive: Lyor Cohen's 300 Unveils New Direction, Content, Artists

    October 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT When a tombstone appeared on the Twitter feed and website of Lyor Cohen 's 300 Entertainment , along with the words "R.I.P." and "He is not busy being born / is busy dying" and the hashtag #ItsANewDay -- all dropping the same day as the launch of MADE Music --…

  16. Fashion Designer Oscar De La Renta Dead At 82

    October 20, 2014 10:17 PM EDT Oscar de la Renta, the legendary Dominican-American fashion designer, has died at age 82, ABC News has confirmed. De la Renta had been battling cancer.  His work became the preferred wear for such first ladies as Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush, and he designed the dress worn…

  17. Ron Fair Exits Virgin Records

    October 20, 2014 9:01 PM EDT The veteran executive and award-winning producer was named chief creative officer and executive vice-president in February 2013. Veteran music executive Ron Fair has left Capitol Music Group, Billboard has learned. Fair was hired in Feb. 2013 as chief creative officer and executive vice…

  18. Ticketmaster vs. Stubhub: Who’s Winning the Resale Battle?

    October 20, 2014 2:00 PM EDT One year after the Live Nation-owned seller shook up the $5 billion resale market, its primary rival has lowered selling fees and gone aggressive as concertgoers seek more value. While 2013 was the year that Ticketmaster and StubHub battled each other in state legislatures over resale laws…

  19. Spotify Announces Family Pricing Plan

    October 20, 2014 9:22 AM EDT Sharing is caring, unless you're talking about Spotify. The streaming music giant has announced a new subscription that makes it easier for the whole family to get their own dang  customized account under one bill. "Spotify Family" allows any premium subscriber to add up to…

  20. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Encourages Maui Drug Court Graduates

    October 19, 2014 12:38 PM EDT Although he performed before a crowd of 20,000 a few nights ago, rock 'n' roll superstar Steven Tyler admitted to a touch of nerves as he addressed 11 Maui Drug Court graduates and their families Thursday afternoon in 2nd Circuit Court. Steven Tyler Signs With Larry Rudolph for…

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